Financial Markets and Financial Institutions

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: courses 11, 101, 102. Enforced corequisite: course 106ML. Application of analytical tools of economics and finance to real-world problems in financial markets to link models students have learned in prior courses to patterns observed in financial markets and to understand when it is that further theoretical refinements are required to better account for certain observed patterns. Development of understanding of potential effects of monetary and regulatory policies on financial markets. Topics include bond market, stock market, foreign exchange market, financial crises, and financial regulation. Analysis and discussion of lessons of subprime crisis and European sovereign debt crisis. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 1.9
Easiness 2.9/ 5
Clarity 1.6/ 5
Workload 3.7/ 5
Helpfulness 2.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2019 - One of my least favorite econ classes to date. As someone who has never taken a finance class before this, I found the material pretty interesting but difficult to grasp. Nevertheless, the only reason I was able to understand anything was through reading the textbook (which I found out I had to do anyways after the midterm). Professor Williams isn't that great of a lecturer (they tend to be pretty confusing and irrelevant imo), and the material he goes over isn't even necessarily tested. He goes over some topics from the book and then introduces new ones not in it. Literally, don't go to lecture. The midterm and final are tested straight from the book, and since he doesn't even go over all the material from the book during lecture, they're completely useless. There's also a 10 page research paper you're required to do, which should be an easy A if you just put the time and effort into it. I won't go into too much detail, but the proctoring for his midterm was an absolute shit show and one of the main reasons I disliked this class (outside having to learn the material on my own). We were supposed to have 95 questions and extra time to finish it, but there was an issue with printing or something so we were given the first half with no explanation followed by the other half over midway through and no time after lecture was over. This really through me off and I know a lot of other students were also p.o. with him. Professor William's response was that there was nothing he could really do about it, so I guess that's that. Anyways, take this class if you don't attend lectures anyway and can get away with reading 5+ chapters the night before the exams.
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